Top 20 Nastiest Bodies in Wrestling History

Professional wrestling has long been seen as a display of some of the strongest and finely-sculpted men and women performing against each other.

Wrestling in the 1960s was most notably dominated by guys who towered over their opponents, creating a genuine David vs Goliath matchup that continued to capture the imagination of fans for the better part of 40 years.

In modern times, the interest in monstrous men stumbling around a wrestling ring doesn't quite win the fans like it once did; anyone who has ever seen The Great Khali compete can back up this statement.

However, there is a slice of history that is dedicated solely to the big guys that defy belief with their sheer mass.

Much like the giants of wrestling, they had the ability to stun crowds solely on face value. Unlike them, the fact they are able to move around the ring, take bumps and, in some cases, even walk down the aisle is awe-inspiring.

Despite the select few who actually possess some kind of in-ring ability, witnessing grown overweight men wearing little clothing complete physical activity, often extremely awkwardly, can very easily leave wrestling fans feeling queasy and somewhat humoured.

Although these men should be respected for their in-ring achievements, especially given that most are heavily obese, excess bouncing and jiggling makes it difficult to take a guy, generally claiming to be the world's biggest badass, seriously.

Then there are those that, for all they have achieved in their wrestling careers, will be remembered almost solely because of how gross they looked performing their craft.

These are the top 20 wrestlers with straight-up nasty bodies and some of their achievements over their careers.

20 Dusty Rhodes

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There's no denying that Virgil Runnels, best known as Dusty Rhodes, is an icon in professional wrestling, but being an icon doesn't stop you from having a body as appealing to look at as a salt-covered slug.

Portrayed as the ultimate working man, apparently none of that work was done on his physique. Although Rhodes never weighed more than around 300 pounds, nobody should see a guy that size with little muscle walking around in oversized underpants. What's even more baffling is the decision made for Rhodes to wear yellow polka dots as part of his ring attire; y'know, because nothing fixes an unsightly view like yellow polka dots. Rhodes currently works with the WWE as a backstage booker and producer for NXT.

19 Trevor Murdoch

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Why, Vince? Just why? What is this? It's easy to understand bringing in massively overweight guys back in the day, but Trevor Murdoch, or William Mueller, was just a straight-up redneck hick with no chest or stomach muscle definition whatsoever. He wasn’t thin, he wasn’t fat – it was like looking at an embarrassing dad walking around in his underpants.

In his three years with the WWE beginning in 2005, Murdoch would team with the much fitter Lance Cade, a confident cowboy with his trusty white trash hillbilly at his side. What's worse is that the team was split up for Murdoch to pursue a singles career. A SINGLES CAREER.

Unsurprisingly, Murdoch was reunited with Cade soon after and somehow managed to eke out another two years before being released.

18 Earthquake

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There's nothing like seeing a hairy 460 pound guy in a onesie sitting on their opponents to claim victory, and Earthquake made a living out of it.

John Tenta originally began pursuing a sumo career before switching to wrestling. In his WWE debut in 1989, he played the role of the unsuspecting crowd member who just happened to be picked out to enter the ring and play a part in The Ultimate Warrior and Dino Bravo's strength competition. Just don't bother asking.

After feuding with Hulk Hogan in 1991, Earthquake and Typhoon (how obviously named) dominated the tag team division. Much less noteworthy, Tenta was known as Avalache and later The Shark in his time with WCW before his career went even further down the toilet.

He appeared as Golga in WWE in 1998, a member of the unmemorable group the Oddities, who had a weird love for Eric Cartman and wore a somewhat pointless mask. God bless professional wrestling.

17 Giant Silva

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Speaking of the Oddities, Giant Silva may be the ultimate definition of the word ‘giant’.

At 7'2" and 385 pounds, Brazilian-born ex-national basketballer Paulo Cesar da Silva spent two extremely awkward years in the WWE with stablemates Golga and Kurrgan, appearing with the group mostly for show and rarely wrestling - thank god. Silva spent time with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Pride Fighting Champions, an MMA company based out of Japan.

In possibly the worst display of mixed martial arts ever, Silva defeated Akebono - yeah, that guy Big Show had a sumo wrestling contest with at WrestleMania that one time - in the first round.

16 Scott Steiner

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Despite extreme fitness and strength, Scott Rechsteiner, known as Scott Steiner, possesses a body that could make a grown man cry and hide in the cupboard.

Tagging with brother Rick Steiner in one of the most successful and brutal tag teams of all time, the two dominated divisions in WCW, WWE and ECW from 1987 until 1998. As Steiner began to break away as a singles competitor in WCW, his body noticeably began to change as unnatural muscles broke out.

Steiner was accused of steroid abuse in 2002 upon his return to WWE as a singles wrestler, which he denied. After being released in 2004, 'Big Poppa Pump' spent successful periods with TNA between 2006 and 2010, then again in 2011 and 2012.

Steiner is known as one of the most difficult wrestlers to work with and has a long criminal record, including an incident earlier this year with Hulk Hogan's wife, resulting in Steiner being banned from attending the 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony.

15 Balls Mahoney

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As part of ECW's glory days, Jonathan Rechner was a prominent figure in ECW as a chair-swinging psychopath.

At 250 pounds, Mahoney resembles the kind of guy you'd see at a bar drinking excessively alone in the corner while he talks to himself. Relying almost solely on his hardcore persona, Mahoney rose to fame with his tag team partner, Axl Rotten, to form a duo known as the Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks.

When WWE relaunched its watered down version of ECW in 2006, Mahoney spent two years trying to fit in by relying on his physical ability. To give you an idea of how that went, he was released two years later.

14 The Nasty Boys

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Two for the price of one - aren't you lucky? Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags - real names Brian Yandrisovitz and Jerome Saganowich - were a cornerstone tag team for both WCW and WWE, also appearing in TNA.

Although the two were always fully clothed, thankfully, the pair's weight began to get out of control in the latter stages of their careers and they became rather hard to watch in TNA. The Nasty Boys featured in feuds with some of the greatest tag teams of all time, including The Steiner Brothers, the Legion of Doom and Money Inc in the early 90s with WWE before moving to WCW for four years in 1993.

The two worked the indies during the 00s and were signed - and released - by TNA in 2010.

13 One Man Gang

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At 450 pounds, George Gray is effectively just another fat guy who thankfully kept his clothes on.

Debuting as One Man Gang in 1987 in the WWE, he was booked in a number of squash matches before being fed to the likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. As he slipped down the card in 1988, his manager Slick suddenly revealed him as an African who wanted to embrace his heritage, changing his ring name to Akeem, the African Dream. A number of vignettes received heavy criticism as the obviously Caucasian Akeem seem to be poking fun at black stereotypes.

After tagging with Big Boss Man as the Twin Towers, Gray returned as the One Man Gang in WCW in 1991, this time with a more sinister twist. He didn't last the year, but returned in 1995 to hold the WCW United States title.

12 King Kong Bundy

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Although King Kong Bundy seemed to be one of the only big guys to have plenty of muscle, seeing him in nothing but a singlet was never a pretty sight.

However, 450 pounder Christopher Pallies had a very successful career with WWE in the 80s and 90s, most notably headlining Wrestlemania 2 against Hulk Hogan in a steel cage and adding to The Undertaker's Wrestlemania Streak in 1995.

Continuing with the theme, Bundy once held the record for fastest Wrestlemania victory in just nine seconds over SD "Special Delivery” Jones at the first ever Wrestlemania, later knocked down to second place.

11 Rikishi

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Despite weighing in at 425 pounds, Samoa-born Solofa Fatu Jr sported quite a muscular frame. However, it was impossible to overlook the massive rear end stinking out from a thong loincloth as Rikishi would plant his opponents in the corner and deliver the infamous 'Stink Face'.

Debuting with WWE in 1992, Rikishi remained with the company until 2004 and was inducted into this year's Hall of Fame class. Rikishi’s popularity rocketed with the group Too Cool in 1999, featuring Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay, as the three became a crowd favourite on the back of their post-match dance routine.

After a singles push as a heel, Rikishi eventually reunited with Scotty in 2004 before being released due to ignoring the WWE's requests to lose weight.

10 Yokozuna

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You would be extremely hard pressed to find someone Yokozuna's size that was able to move around the ring like he did.

Although his legs looked like a poorly-stuffed feather pillow, Yokozuna was one of the top heels at the company and featured in feuds with the likes of Bret Hart and The Undertaker, impressively keeping up with their pace.

At 589 pounds, Polynesian Rodney Anoa’i never actually competed in sumo, but his alignment with Mr Fuji saw him become one of the most popular WWE wrestlers with Japanese fans.

Yokozuna is a two-time WWE Champion and two-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Owen Hart, who he partnered with after turning face.

9 Haystacks Calhoun

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It's almost unimaginable that a guy billed at 640 pounds could withstand a long-lasting career in pro wrestling, but that's exactly what William "Haystacks" Calhoun did. With the simple southern farmer gimmick, the man-mammoth was one of wrestling's biggest drawers in the 1950s and 60s, as a man of his size who could still move from the couch to the fridge, let alone around a ring, had to be seen to be believed. Perhaps Calhoun's most significant moment in wrestling came when he contributed to the legendary status of Bruno Sammartino, the only man to ever lift him off his feet. Continuing to wrestle up until 1973, Calhoun's health deteriorated in the years to come, eventually losing his left leg as a result of diabetes in 1986. Calhoun died in 1989 at 55 years old.

8 Giant Haystacks

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Standing at almost seven feet tall and 685 pounds, Giant Haystacks, real name Martin Ruane, is by far the most imposing figure to come out of England.

Haystacks was originally billed as Haystacks Calhoun after Calhoun left the business, though his name was later modified. His ongoing feud with Big Daddy would span from 1975 until Daddy's retirement in 1993, and is one of the most well documented feuds in UK wrestling history.

Haystacks' biggest exposure to the public came in 1996 when he debuted in WCW as Loch Ness, effectively acting as fodder to Hulk Hogan. However, he left the company before the feud culminated after being diagnosed with cancer, passing away two years later at the age of 52.

7 Happy Humphrey

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Someone please explain how regularly sitting on the 750 pound mark can warrant the title of 'Happy'? William Cobb even tipped the scale at a whopping 800 pounds multiple times in his career and at one stage was recorded as over 900 pounds.

Beginning his career in 1953, Happy Humphrey regularly feuded with Haystacks Calhoun due to the duo's gigantic bodies - technical wrestling at its finest. After not even 10 years in the business, Humphrey retired due to a heart condition, causing his lack of physical activity to balloon him over the 900 pound mark.

With no option but to volunteer himself to obesity research, Humphrey dropped to a staggering 232 pounds after two years and was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for his weight loss. Sadly, he was unable to control his eating and died of a heart attack in 1989 at age 62, weighing 600 pounds at the time of his death.

6 Brodus Clay

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To say that George Murdoch was misused in WWE is a gross understatement, almost as gross as the "Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay and his oddly-built frame, specifically when he would intentionally shake and jiggle his legs to the delight of the crowd.

At 375 pounds, Brodus was hyped for a major push in 2012 as a potential main eventer after being the runner-up on the fourth season of NXT, when the company seemingly did a complete backflip. He was still introduced as Brodus Clay, but as the fun-loving Funkasaurus, accompanied by his Funkadactyles Naomi and Cameron.

Unsurprisingly, Clay struggled to stand out in singles competition and teamed with Tensai in 2013. However, that too failed, as did a return to singles action, and Clay was released by WWE and picked up by TNA under his original NXT name of Tyrus.

5 Kamala

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Combine obesity with a leopard loincloth and some creepy face paint, and you've got Kamala, a 380 pounder booked as a savage. Though it wasn't his size that made James Harris so unsightly, it was his distinct lack of muscle and clothing.

Kamala had on and off appearances with WWE through 1984 and 1993, most memorably feuding with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Undertaker and Bam Bam Bigelow. However, it was one of his earliest feuds with Andre the Giant that would mark his craziest incident, pulling a gun on Andre in the locker room after a legitimate fight broke out during their steel cage match.

A one-year stint in WCW was unmemorable, but Kamala returned to the WWE sporadically in the early to mid 00s to creep out another generation.

4 George "The Animal" Steele

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Take a moment to bow your head and think of the poor men who had to come in contact with George Steele's seemingly permanently sweaty and exceptionally hairy body over 27 years.

William Myers was scouted by Bruno Sammartino in 1967 and invited to join the WWE. His crazy man persona went down well as Steele would bite the turnbuckle pad and use the stuffing as a weapon, among other things. His unsightly green tongue added to the heel character, though his best success came in the 1980s as a face.

His feud with Randy Savage in 1986 was only meant to last a few months, but ended up extending for two more years. Although Steele has made occasional guest appearances in the WWE, he retired from wrestling in 1988 due to Crohn's disease.

3 Abdullah The Butcher

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The best way to describe the body of Lawrence Shreve, more commonly known as Abdullah the Butcher, is to look at his wrestling career; he was known for putting on some of the most brutal, horrifying, disgusting matches in wrestling history.

Carrying 360 pounds of mass and not a muscle in sight, this genuinely unique big man shocked wrestling crowds in numerous companies across Canada and America with his heavily-scarred head from overuse of razor blades, and by devouring anything he could get his teeth on for kicks. Raw fish, reams of paper, cardboard boxes - even a live chicken succumbed to The Butcher's blatantly weird ways.

Abdullah is best known for his time in WCW, where he most famously jiggled his way into a feud with Sting - yep, that happened. In 2011, Abdullah was inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame for his contributions to professional wrestling. Make sense of that.

2 Bastion Booger

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Going on his in-ring name with the WWE alone, you can tell 400 pounder Michael Shaw wasn't destined for a whole lot of success. As Norman the Lunatic in WCW, a mental asylum patient managed by Theodore Long of all people, the crowd struggled to show interest in him.

After turning face and adopting a trucker gimmick with little success, Shaw was released from the company. In April 1993, Friar Ferguson was debuted in the WWE, a crazy monk (are you kidding, Vince? Are you actually kidding?). Just two months later, Bastion Booger was born, an unmaintained slob wearing a grey singlet with a weird band across the chest that accentuated his man boobies.

After his only notable feud with Bam Bam Bigelow in 1994, the legacy of Bastion Booger came to an end. Shaw died of a heart attack in 2010 at age 53.

1 Big Daddy V

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Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V - call Nelson Frazier Jr what you will, but no matter how WWE tried to sell him to the crowd, his 487 pounds of mass simply confused and terrified small children and grown men alike.

Having 'wrestled' for under a year in 1993, Frazier debuted in the then WWE as Mabel, a young African American trying to make the streets a better place. That's okay.

He later returned to the company as Viscera, part of The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness. Still okay.

Then, because the company's fans hadn't had enough of a chance to be mystified by his physique, he was rebranded as Big Daddy V a few years after a third return, sporting nothing on his upper body but suspenders. Not okay. Extremely not okay. Still undergoing therapy for trauma not okay. Sadly, Frazier died of a heart attack at just 43 in 2014.

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